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Scarnati, Causer Announce Passage of Bill to Honor Potter County Veterans
HARRISBURG – The General Assembly has unanimously passed legislation to re-name three Potter County bridges in honor of local World War II and Vietnam veterans, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67).

Senate Bill 1401 was introduced in the Senate by Scarnati and amended in the House by Causer. The legislators explained that the three Potter County Bridge designations will serve as remembrance for WWII Veteran Private First Class Roger P. Downey and Vietnam Veterans Private Edwin Tubbs and Specialist Donald Stiles.

“These courageous men paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and our freedoms,” Scarnati said. “I am pleased to work with Representative Causer, Potter County Commissioners and local borough officials to ensure that the three bridge designations will serve as a permanent memorial to honor the lives of these brave American soldiers.”

“Decades have passed since these men gave their lives for our country, but their sacrifice is no less significant today than it was on the day each of them died,” Causer said. “Naming these bridges in their honor ensures that their service is remembered by both current and future generations.”

The following bridges will be dedicated in honor of our fallen soldiers:

• The bridge on Route 49 over the Cowanesque River between Dennis Hill Road and Church Street in Harrison Township will be re-named the Private First Class Roger P. Downey Memorial Bridge. Downey grew up in Ulysses and, as a teenager, would use the bridge on that portion of the roadway to attend Harrison Valley High School in Mills. He joined the United States Army on April 19, 1944. In January, 1945, he and his unit were sent to reinforce and relieve units engaged in the famous Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Downey was killed in action in Germany on March 9, 1945, while assigned to Company B, 417 Infantry Regiment, 76 Infantry Division, XII Corp, Third Army, Twelfth Army Group, European Theater of Operations Headquartered in the Town of Speicher in the Rhineland Region of Germany.

• The West Chestnut Street Bridge in Coudersport Borough will be re-named the Private Edwin Tubbs Memorial Bridge. Tubbs left Coudersport High School in August of 1967 and entered into the United States Army. He deployed to Vietnam with D Company, Sixth Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Ninth Infantry Division on December 4, 1968, and was stationed at Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam. On January 12, 1969, Private Tubbs was fatally wounded as he set down his rifle to assist a fellow soldier who was injured on the battlefield. During his service in the Army Tubbs received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

• The Route 872 bridge near the border of Coudersport Borough and Eulalia Township will be re-named the Specialist Donald Stiles Memorial Bridge. Stiles enlisted in the United States Army at 17 years of age. He was deployed to Vietnam as an atomic demolition munitions specialist, with A Battery, First Battalion, Seventh Artillery, First Infantry Division. On April 2, 1968, Stiles was killed in action in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam, after taking a fellow soldier's place on a mission and being hit by bomb fragments from a land mine.

The bill has been signed into law as Act 124 of 2014.

Representative Martin T. Causer
67th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Senator Joe Scarnati
25th District, Pennsylvania Senate

Rep. Causer Media Contact: Patricia A. Hippler
717.772.9846 or  
Sen. Scarnati Media Contact: Kate Eckhart
717.787.7084 or  
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